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After three years of community mobilization and advocacy efforts, the School Board of Broward County unanimously passed one of the most comprehensive sexual health education policies in the nation!

And young people were at the center of those efforts. Join them in saying “Thank You” to the School Board of Broward County for supporting comprehensive sexual health education!

Congratulations to the Broward County Youth Council for all their hard work in making sure that young people have access to the resources and education they need to make healthy decisions …

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While I was in high school, I got into my first serious relationship. Before I even realized what was happening, I found myself in an emotionally abusive situation I sometimes wonder, if maybe my school had actually answered my questions about same sex relationships instead of giving me blank stares and “you’re going to hell” rants, if I could’ve picked out the red flags.

Luckily, a teacher went out of their way and taught me that a healthy relationship has both consent and respect. This information and the support …

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UPDATE:  VICTORY!  Last week, James and other activists in Texas met with their policy makers to protest the Zedler 1 anti-gay amendment, including delivering your signatures in person to Texas’ legislature.  And on Thursday 4/4, the amendment was withdrawn.  We got them off our backpacks and funding for the centers is safe.  Great job!

This is a featured post from Texas Freedom Network Student Chapter President James Lee!

My name is James Lee and growing up in Rio Grande Valley Texas, I was taught that being gay was wrong. I …

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In Florida, young people are working to make comprehensive sex education a reality in their state. The Broward County Youth Council, a project of Advocates for Youth and Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast, leads the work of a statewide youth activist network that advocates for comprehensive sexual health education.  Here’s a picture of some of the council members at the 2012 Urban Retreat!

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From a young age, I understood that no matter where you go or what you do people will put labels on you. Throughout my life, I have been labeled as a Nerd, an Adrenaline Junkie, a Jock, an Art Addict BUT now, going into my third year of college the label that has been placed on me was completely unexpected…. a FEMINIST.

Now don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with being a feminist. At first glance, I was like I am absolutely not a feminist. I

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So throughout this semester of college, a lot of women that I know have been confidentially sharing their experiences with learning they had an STD and their symptoms. What surprised me the most was that most of the women said they had none of the most popular symptoms such as burning, itching, or discharge. A large majority of these women went to see their doctor’s because of increased pain when it came to their menstrual cramps. Most women  shared with me that their cramps had just been absolutely

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I talked to a mother that expressed her concern about what her elementary to middle school aged children would be learning If they were taught sex Ed in school. I told her that the information would be age appropriate and explained to fit the mind of a younger child. She still was against the idea but she did admit that regardless her kids were being exposed to some not so “kid friendly” things whether from peers or media. I told her that is exactly why sex Ed for young …

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Basically, my parents found out I’m gay. IT WAS HELL! But it has been four months and now they love me… Why? Because I’ve been bringing around this boy who I spend most of my time with, to my house. They think we are dating, and I don’t care to correct them.. Yes, it hurts that I’m still lying to them, but i need to survive my last year of high school on a good note with them. I don’t want extra stress and I don’t want more troubles …

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http://mediamatters.org/video/2014/10/03/fox-host-wonders-if-being-a-grandmother-will-hu/201016

So I was stuck on what to write on here because of all the social issues happening right now, but I was watching The Colbert Report and he talked about Hillary Clinton, so I thought I’d go down a less controversial road.

Apparently, she’s a grandmother now.

Apparently, that’s huge news.

Will it affect her presidential campaign? Will identifying as a grandmother lower her chances of winning against a forty something year old? Could this get any more sexist?

I wasn’t going to start cutting Fox news some …